Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Farm, from across the way

I love painting scenes from my grandma's farm. My mind goes to a different place and I'm totally 'in the moment'. It's a great feeling!

Here's the reference photo I used:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Is This Your Dog II

Another mystery dog I painted from a random Facebook photo, I forget whose. Is this your dog?

Friday, August 21, 2015

Driveway at The Farm

This painting is based on a beautiful photo my cousin Amy took of the driveway of the old family farm. It was an exercise in 'negative space' painting-- I started with a black canvas and then painted the sky and leaves around the tree trunks and branches, letting that define the shapes of the trunks/branches. Fun, fun!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Painting class!

I took a great painting class up at the Art Colony in Grand Marais this past week. It was Monday through Friday from 9-4, so we painted our tails off! It was a great group of people, and the weather was gorgeous. I am feeling totally recharged! 

Here are some of the little still lifes I painted. These are hard for me since I usually paint from photos. Drawing 3D from life instead of 2D from photos is something I need to work on. 

Pine cone 



Folding chair

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Dandelion Disco

I've painted from this same reference photo before (see March 2014), but this time the colors took on a more 'nocturnal' feel. It's also a little bit in the way the painting photographed, it's not quite accurate. In any case, it kind of reminds me of a disco- I dig it!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Focused Callie

Yet another Callie painting. She always looks so focused to me. I wish I knew what she was thinking! 

I'm taking a week-long painting class in Grand Marais next week, I hope to have lots to post after!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Practice, practice, practice

I've been painting quite a bit lately but have been frustrated with how things are turning out. One subject I've been working on is my brother's dog, Raven. Here are a few of my attempts. I'm not completely satisfied with any of them, but I do feel like they're progressing at least. Here they are, from most recent to first painted:

Raven - take 3

Raven - take 2

Raven - take 1

Thursday, June 18, 2015


I've been painting a lot lately but haven't been liking how anything is turning out. I do think it's been good practice, but it's frustrating not to have anything to share. So here's a "TBT", one I painted over a year ago. It's my friend Jody's cat, Olive. Today is their 4-year anniversary! Olive was the tiniest kitten I'd ever seen when Jody adopted her. Now she's all grown up and loves to sleep in the paper recycling. :)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

More Dandelions

I painted dandelions once before and really enjoyed mixing all the yellows, so here's another one. I haven't had much luck painting other flowers- that will be a good challenge for this summer! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

More Stripey Cats

Here's a painting I did a while back of my friend Kerry's cat, Stuart. I've never actually seen Stuart in person because he's sooooo shy. He was fun to paint though! I like the orangey bits in his face.

And here is a painting I've posted before but I hadn't painted the background. I was surprised how much painting a little color in the background changed the whole feel of the painting so I wanted to re-post. This is Roger, my friend Camille's cat.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Is this your dog?

think I nabbed the reference photo for this painting off Facebook. I can't remember for sure. Is this your dog?